Wednesday morning I woke up to a post on Twitter. It said:
Congratulations to the 2022 Moonbeam Book Award finalists and winners–including a few from YNWP:
Alberta-Rose Bear, Kathleen O’Reilly and Lindsey Bear for nimosôm anima–nimihšōmihš ta-minciwēnciman: Grandfather’s Reminder (Silver Medal)
and Alison Lohans and Gretchen Ehrsam for The 1-Dogpower Garden Team (Silver Medal)!!
Many thanks to Creative Saskatchewan for their ongoing support of Saskatchewan-published books!
David and I completed Shepherd’s Call, the fourth book in the Shepherd and Wolfe series, in the spring. It took a while to get it out there but the relief that we finally got to hold it in our hands after such a long haul was gratifying.
Each book in our series has had either an award (domestic or international) or has been a nominated finalist at a variety of competitions. It feels like the little series that could. Truth be told, after five years of working through these stories I have to say that there was the tiniest doubt that maybe this book may not get the recognition of the others. Maybe I felt like this because of the time it took. Maybe I wondered if the same energy and quality could be put out there time after time. But, here I am, with a very full heart, screaming Woohoo at the top of my lungs that Shepherd’s Call was selected and won.
I have gratitude for my writing partner. I have gratitude for my editor and publisher. I have gratitude for the adjudicators at the Moonbean Awards. I have gratitude for this little series that keeps people engaged and coming back for more and finally, I have so much gratitude for the people who love these stories, the readers.
As always (and especially today) thank you for reading, lovelies.